RUMOR: Paramount’s Shortlist for ‘Star Trek 3’ Directors

By December 16, 2014

Now that Roberto Orci is firmly out of the director’s chair for the proposed sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness, the studio will have to get the ball rolling on the production pretty quickly if it wants to meet the proposed 2016 release window in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary. While Jonathan Frakes is actively campaigning to rejoin the Star Trek franchise as a director of one of the films for the first time since 1998, it seems that Paramount and producer J.J. Abrams have a few different ideas in regards to who will fill in the captain’s chair that sits behind the camera.

In a new piece from JoBlo, five directors are rumored to be on the proposed shortlist for Star Trek 3. They supposedly include Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Daniel Espinosa (Child 44), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Justin Lin (Fast and Furious 6), and Duncan Jones (Moon). All young and impressive directors, the list certainly gives an idea of the kind of film that the studio wants the new Star Trek film to be, but one of the proposed names has already bowed out of consideration before any official word has come down about these possibilities. Duncan Jones sent out a tweet earlier today in regards to his possible connection to Star Trek 3, and had this to say:


Jones would certainly seem to be an interesting choice, but his lack of desire for wanting to do it is understandable considering the types of films he wants to make. While a lot of fans will find it unfortunate that Frakes isn’t being actively considered, it likely shouldn’t be necessarily surprising. As 2014 is nearly gone, though, the studio needs to aggressively pursue a solid start date for the beginning of production and lock in a director, since 2016 would be the perfect time to release the latest entry in the storied franchise.

For more on Star Trek 3 as it develops, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.